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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:20 PM
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At Early Joint Chiefs Mtg on Iraq, Cheney dozed, Bush ate all the candy
There are some real gems in this old WP article-

On Jan. 10 {2001}, a Wednesday morning 10 days before the inauguration, Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, national security adviser Condoleezza Rice and Powell went to the Pentagon to meet with Cohen. Afterward, Bush and his team went downstairs to the Tank, the secure domain and meeting room for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Two generals briefed them on the state of the no-fly zone enforcement......

The Joint Chiefs' staff had placed a peppermint at each place. Bush unwrapped his and popped it into his mouth. Later he eyed Cohen's mint and flashed a pantomime query, Do you want that? Cohen signaled no, so Bush reached over and took it. Near the end of the hour-and-a-quarter briefing, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, noticed Bush eyeing his mint, so he passed it over.

Cheney listened, but he was tired and closed his eyes, conspicuously nodding off several times. Rumsfeld, who was sitting at a far end of the table, paid close attention, though he kept asking the briefers to please speak up or please speak louder. "We're off to a great start," one of the chiefs commented privately to a colleague after the session. "The vice president fell asleep, and the secretary of defense can't hear."


Isn't it just almost like being there?




Consider the level of access that must have been afforded to obtain details such as these. A less fawning and ethically challenged writer than Woodward could have done some real damage to the phony image that the Bush campaign was in the process of selling to the public.

Woodward also recounts that Dick and Lynne held a "small private dinner Sunday night, April 13, to talk and celebrate". (party time) It was an intimate affair- just Scooter, Wolfowitz and Ken 'Cakewalk' Adleman, who had just written the gloating "'Cakewalk' Revisited" for the WP. His invitation was a sort of thank you. Despicable back slapping ensued-

...What a clever column, the vice president said. You really demolished them.....

When Adelman walked into the vice president's residence that Sunday night, he was so happy he broke into tears. He hugged Cheney for the first time in the 30 years he had known him....

"...It's so wonderful to celebrate." He said he was just an outside adviser, someone who turned up the pressure in the public forum. "It's so easy for me to write an article saying, 'Do this.' It's much tougher for Paul to advocate it. Paul and Scooter, you give advice inside and the president listens. Dick, your advice is the most important, the Cadillac. It's much more serious for you to advocate it. But in the end, all of what we said was still only advice. The president is the one who had to decide. I have been blown away by how determined he is." The war has been awesome, Adelman said. "So I just want to make a toast, without getting too cheesy. To the president of the United States."

They all raised their glasses. Hear! Hear!


"Hear! Hear!".........To an awesome war. One indicted and counting.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:28 PM
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1. Great post!! Horrifying, but edifying nonetheless!!! n/t
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:28 PM
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2. Shock and awe(some).
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 03:30 PM by shain from kane
Bastards.
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bobbieinok Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 03:44 PM
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3. heard Bush I always looked to Cheney in military briefings;
Edited on Sat Mar-04-06 03:45 PM by bobbieinok
Clinton listened and asked questions himself

(this was told me by one I consider reliable; a friend was present at both-----friend changed registration from R to D after seeing both presidents and which one could think for himself)
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:50 PM
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4. Only one indicted. That's actually not near good enough.
But it's not over, of course. We'll see what happens in November.
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 04:54 PM
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5. "The vice president fell asleep, and the secretary of defense can't hear."
See no evil, hear no evil. What a team.

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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:52 PM
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7. If their pet project illicited this kind of interest,
imagine how inattentive the transition team would have been at the briefings Berger and Albright gave about terror and al qaeda.
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Infomaniac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:02 PM
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6. The war has been awesome, huh?
Tell that to the families of the soldiers killed for this awesome wonder. Leave it to a room full of chickenhawks to use a word like awesome and war in the same sentence. Dipshits sound like adolescents speaking about a video game. Asshats. Indict the bunch.
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Stephanie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 06:55 PM
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8. We need Nuremburg trials after this
There are so many of them who were in on it.
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gordianot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-04-06 07:43 PM
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9. Bush with the munchies, it figures. eom
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Stand and Fight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 03:25 AM
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10. Recommended. n/t
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progressoid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:26 AM
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11. .
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yorkiemommie1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-05-06 09:40 AM
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12. remember Paul O'Neill's comments?

O'Neill lashes 'blind man' Bush


Bush: Blind to his cabinet?
A former US treasury secretary has given an unflattering account of his time under President George W Bush.
Paul O'Neill describes Mr Bush as being disengaged and says that at cabinet meetings the president was like a blind man in a room full of deaf people.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3384845.stm

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